As we went to press, the US House failed in its' attempt to override the President's Veto of the Border Wall funding:
House Democrats on Tuesday failed to garner the votes needed to override President Trump’s veto of a bill blocking his emergency border wall funding.
Only a handful of Republicans crossed the aisle to vote with Democrats on the 248-181 vote. That deprived the measure of the two-thirds majority needed to revoke Trump’s February emergency declaration that authorized him to move $3.6 billion in military funds to a southern border wall project.
This is as the White House, the Trump Campaign and Social Media has been abuzz in the aftermath of the Attorney General's Summary Findings our team released earlier. The US Senate Majority Leader blocked a Democratic Attempt to publicly release the report. The Justice Department made another major move under the Attorney General in noting that the Affordable Care Act must be held unconstitutional.
The Bulwark's RACHAEL LARIMORE released an updated primer on President Trump:
Our team chose this from the Daily Stoic as some "Food 4 thought" as we assessed the on-going challenges at hand:
It was said that Socrates saw his difficult marriage as a sort of challenge that life threw at him—that the fact that his wife’s personality and interests were often at odds with his own was something he could be made better by for being patient with. Certainly, Marcus Aurelius was tested by his difficult son, and likely spent many sleepless nights worrying about what would become of this boy who just couldn’t quite get it together.
So, too, are each of us tested by the difficult relationships that life throws our way. For some of us, that’s an absent father, for others, it’s a sister with a drug problem. We have co-workers who are drama queens, bosses who are assholes, and neighbors who are meddlesome. Each of these situations is a trial, one that challenges us and forces us to apply the lessons that we’ve learned in our reading and through our studies.
Can you learn how to love someone who has trouble loving back? Can you learn how to forgive someone for their flaws? Can you develop the self-control necessary to not lose your temper when they provoke you? Can you put up appropriate boundaries? Can you say “No” when it’s appropriate and say, “Yes” when someone really needs you, even when it would be easier to focus on your own needs?
Relationships test us, but they also teach us. They bring with them both obstacles and opportunities. What matters, then, is how we respond and who we become in the process. No one ever said that family or friendships would be easy—they just said the trouble would be worth it in the end.